Rod Drury

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Rod Drury
Rod Drury, NZ Open Source Awards, 2007.jpg
Drury in 2007 at the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Nationality New Zealander
Occupation technology entrepreneur

Rod Drury HFIITP (b. 1967) is a technology entrepreneur from Wellington, New Zealand. He is CEO of the online accounting software company Xero, and was a key player in the now-defunct Pacific Fibre project.

Professional history[edit]

In 1995 Drury established Glazier Systems, one of New Zealand's leading software development and consulting companies. Glazier Systems was acquired by Advantage Group in 1999 and continues today as Intergen.[citation needed]

Drury subsequently founded and served as CEO of AfterMail which was acquired by Quest Software (subsequently acquired by Dell) for US$15 million in January 2006 and subsequently won Best Exchange Product at Microsoft TechEd 2006 in Boston.[citation needed]

In 2000, Drury co-founded Context Connect, a US-based company developing technology to increase connectivity across different mobile networks. He continues as CTO for the Boston-based company which now has a US patent for its mobile directory applications.[citation needed]

Through his career Drury has maintained a close relationship with Microsoft and was selected as New Zealand's first representative on the Microsoft MSDN Regional Director program, holding the role from 1997 to 2000. He achieved Microsoft MVP status for his work in the early days of Active Server Pages.[citation needed]

In 2005 Drury joined the board of TradeMe, New Zealand's most successful eCommerce internet site, as an independent director. He continued to sit on the Trade Me Advisory Board following the sale of Trade Me to Fairfax Media in 2006.[citation needed]

In July 2006 Drury founded Xero, a publicly listed software as a service accounting-software company, of which he is Chief Executive.[citation needed]

In August 2006 he joined NZ Trade & Enterprise Beachheads Program Advisory Board. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.[citation needed]

In October 2007 Rod was a judge for the New Zealand Open Source Awards.[1]


Drury was awarded the Hi-Tech New Zealand "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2006 and 2007.[2]

In August 2008 Drury was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS) during the 2008 NZ Computerworld Excellence Awards. He is only the 21st person to be awarded the title in the Society's 48-year history.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Drury lives in the Hawke's Bay region with his family, and is of Ngai Tahu descent.[4]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Open Source Awards". 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Hi-Tech Awards site". 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Honorary Fellows of the IITP (HFIITP)". About the IITP. Institute of IT Professionals of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Anthony Hubbard (2014-01-10). "Market whizz-kid enjoys Kiwi lifestyle". The Dominion Post. 

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